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Before you separate, look over your collection of military awards, medals, ribbons, badges, and other distinguished insignia.
If awards you have earned are missing: Speak with your unit personnel officer about obtaining replacements. You may also purchase lost ribbons and medals from the military exchange.
Note: Once you have left the service you may request issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards through the specific branch of the military in which you served. Use the Standard Form (SF 180), Request Pertaining to Military Records, for requesting medals and awards. SF 180.
Be sure to ask your unit personnel office for the service regulation outlining the eligibility requirements, or get the number of the service regulation and pursue it yourself. No one knows better than you when or where you were assigned, what special training you took, or when you received special recognition. Replacement medals and ribbons can be obtained for a small fee from:
National Personnel Records Center 1 Archives Drive St. Louis, MO 63138
Visit the National Archives Website for more information.